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Women’s History Month: Tahoe Destination Stewardship Council Managing Director Nettie Pardue on Being a Female Leader

In honor of March being Women's History month, Tahoe Daily Tribune has chosen to spotlight Tahoe Destination Stewardship Council Managing Director Nettie Pardue. Here's what Pardue said about being a female leader, her role models and mentors, and what advice …

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Historic Fire Engine Restored by Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. – The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District is seeking community members to help restore an antique fire engine the district recently reacquired.

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El Dorado County Warns of Possible Measles Exposure

On March 5 a child with a confirmed case of measles was seen in the Emergency Department at UC Davis after being evaluated at San Joaquin Urgent Care. According to estimations approximately 300 people may have been exposed during the …

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Women’s History Month: Tahoe City Downtown Association Exec. Director Biggers on Being a Female Leader

In honor of March being Women's History month, Sierra Sun has chosen to spotlight Tahoe City Downtown Association Executive Director Katie Biggers. Here's what Biggers said about being a female leader, her role models and mentors, and what advice she …

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History Expeditions Retraces Footsteps of First Winter Mail Delivery by ‘Snowshoe’ Thompson

Imagine having the power to travel back in time, to unravel the mysteries and untold stories of remarkable individuals who have faded into the background of history. What if you could bridge the gaps, complete the puzzle, and shine a …

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Women’s history month: Incline High Principal Cahill on being a female leader

In honor of March being Women's History month, Tahoe Daily Tribune has chosen to spotlight Incline High School Prinicpal Tierney Cahill. Here's what Cahill said about being a female leader, her role models and mentors, and what advice she gives …

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Publishing in Paradise

Based in California’s most iconic vacation spot, Katherine Hill celebrates Tahoe Guide’s 42nd birthday.

Image caption: The 1965 law known as the Williamson Act has been responsible for keeping about half of California's farmland out of the hands of developers.
The Williamson Act: How the Law That Protects California’s Farmland Works

The Williamson Act, passed in 1965, now keeps more than 16 million acres of farmland out of the hands of developers. Here's how the law puts the brakes on the development of California agricultural properties.

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About dam time; A century-plus of the Tahoe Dam

Rain and snowmelt flow down 63 tributaries into Lake Tahoe, but just one river runs out of the alpine lake — the Truckee River. But many visitors to the famed lake may not realize that 400 feet downstream sits the …

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Temporary SNOW Sports Museum at The Boatworks open every day

TAHOE CITY, Calif. – Beneath the snow-capped mountains, visitors are invited to electronically open the front door to the temporary SNOW Sports Museum at The Boatworks and immerse themselves in ski history.

Image caption: The Baldwin Hills area in South Los Angeles is one region where a state conservancy would keep open land accessible to the public.
California’s 10 State Conservancies: How They Protect Parks and Open Land

How California’s 10 state conservancies buy up open land and shield it from developers to preserve the natural environment for public use.

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The push for a national landmark at Donner Pass

The railroad tunnels high above Truckee hold historic stories. Deep in the granite, the lives of immigrant workers were made and lost over 150 years ago in an attempt to build the longest railroad tunnel at the time. 

Image caption: The version of Mickey Mouse seen in the 1928 animated short “Steamboat Willie” is now free for public use.
Mickey Mouse Enters Public Domain. What That Means for California

Disney icon Mickey Mouse is now in the public domain, meaning anyone can create their own Mickey Mouse cartoons. Here’s what that means, and how it could affect the California economy.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune’s year in review

With the lackluster winter Tahoe has been experiencing so far, it's easy to forget the massive amount of snow we started 2023 with. For the first few months of the year, snow was all anyone could talk about. 

Image caption: Kevin McCarthy's hand-picked potential successor, Assemblymember Vince Fong, had previously been ruled out of the race.
Judge Says Vince Fong May Run for Kevin McCarthy's House Seat

A judge rules that the Bakersfield Republican is eligible to run in the 2024 election for Congress even though he had already filed to run for his state Assembly seat.

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Smokey Bear turns 80 in 2024

Smokey on Airplane Cowling 1950 (USDA Forest Service image)

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Historic ski clubs of Donner Pass, Part II: Modern ski clubs provide ski outings, comradery

Oakland Ski Club at Sugar Bowl opening, circa 1939. | Oakland Ski Club
The 1930s was the breakout decade for alpine skiing in the United States.
Stiff leather boots, skis with metal edges, European ski instructor and, most importantly, the …

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Historic ski clubs of Donner Pass, Part I: Hutchinson, Clair Tappan lodges built

Alpine skiers schuss Lincoln Peak, circa 1932. | Donner Summit Historical Society
When it comes to the earliest concentration of ski facilities and uphill rope tow operations in the Tahoe Sierra, Donner Summit was the leader of the pack. Conveniently …

Image caption: California’s homelessness crisis shows no signs of improving, despite significant new measures to fight the problem.
The State of California’s Homelessness Crisis, Updated for 2023

California's homelessness numbers continue to rise despite new spending on housing, services. Here's where the fight to end the crisis stands. This story has been updated for 2022 and 2023.

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